2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport's swanky looks start at $31,565

Join the coupe-over life for just over $30,000.

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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport
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2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

This thing can get expensive mighty quickly.


Ah, the coupe-over. It's the term we've come to apply to crossover coupes doing their best two-door impersonation with four doors and a sloping roofline. Buyers dig 'em, though, and is all aboard the trend with the 2020 Atlas Cross Coupe.

On Tuesday, the German brand shared how much one will set buyers back. The base Atlas Cross Coupe will start at $31,565, after a $1,020 destination charge, which nets front-wheel drive, a 235-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four engine and a nice list of standard equipment. The S trim comes with 18-inch wheels, a 6.5-inch touchscreen for infotainment, rain-sensing wipers and a couple of active safety features. Front braking assist and blind-spot monitors are standard.

Adding all-wheel drive increases the cost to $33,465, and remains a $1,900 option on all models save for the range-topping SEL Premium trim.

2020 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is swanky and full of substance

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Now pay attention because the trims get a little funky when it comes time to look for the optional V6, which produces 276 hp. The step-up model from the base S trim is the SE, and it's split into two variations: There's the plain-old SE and the SE with Technology. The latter provides access to the V6. The Atlas Cross Sport SE comes with more goodies including smart keyless entry, leatherette upholstery, a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen and a power liftgate. Prices start at $34,965.

Bumping into the SE with Technology results in a $36,965 price, and adding the V6 pushes the figure to $38,365 -- the cheapest V6-powered model. As for what the "with Technology" designation commands,  buyers will find an easy-open liftgate, 20-inch wheels and more active safety features. There's also an R-Line package available for the SE trim and starts at $38,365 before the V6 option.

Rounding out the choices is the SEL and SEL Premium trims. The former starts at $40,565 ($42,365 for the V6) and notably adds the brand's Virtual Cockpit as a feature. There's even more active safety gear, too, and a heated steering wheel for your hands, plus a panoramic sunroof. SEL Premium is where AWD comes standard, and it bundles leather seats with heating and ventilation, a Fender premium audio system and more. Prices get lofty here, starting at $47,315, or $49,115 for the V6. R-Line packages are also available for both trims.

Buyers will find the swankier crossover at dealerships quite soon, with the first vehicles shipping out in the first quarter of this year.

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